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the breaking news tonight. authorities treating it as an act of domestic terrorism. the deadly shooting spree. two separate locations. at least four marines killed. the gunman pulling up in a convertible, opening fire. tonight, the aerials of the alleged suspect's car. a 24-year-old. we have new reporting right now on who he is. we are on the scene with team coverage. also breaking tonight, the verdict. just moments ago, in the you aaurora theater shootings. the plane crash. the miracle survivor who walks out of the woods. our interview tonight, the 16-year-old describes trying to get her grandparents out of the plane. and, the new case tonight drawing outrage. the family says their loved one on their way to a job interview. the traffic stop the arrest. she dies behind bars. police calling it a suicide. her family tonight saying it is
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not possible. good evening. and we begin tonight with the deadly attacks that played out today at two separate locations in tennessee. what authorities are treating as a, quote, october of domestic terrorism, and almost immediately today, the concern. who might have inspired these attacks? here's what we know at this hour. a single shooter with a massive arsenal. pulling up to this recruiting center first. you can see the glass shattered there. then the second shooting, just a few miles away sparking this massive police response. a naval support center where four marines were shot and killed. the shooter then killed by police. outside that second location tonight, these images coming in. the convertible right there, authorities say the gunman was driving. and tonight, authorities identifying the suspect at this 24-year-old man from tennessee. we do have team coverage this evening, beginning with abc's jim avila, and the moment the terror began. >> reporter: tonight, bullet
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holes and shell casings at the military recruiting center where the rampage began. 10:45 a.m. a man in a silver ford mustang convertible, the top down, driving into the strip mall. offices here for all four branches of the military. >> he just pulled up and the next thing you know, he lifted up his arms like this with a big black gun and just -- it was one shot and then it was endless shots, one after the other just unloading into the army. >> reporter: dozens of shots. one marine hit in the leg, but within seconds, the gunman was gone. racing seven miles down the highway to a navy reserve support center. he enters the building and starts shooting -- killing four marines. >> all units respond. all units respond. this is going to be a mass casualty incident. >> reporter: police descend. a firefight breaks out. the gunman shot dead. authorities now identify him at 24-year-old mohammed youssuf abdulazeez. and tonight, those aerial
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pictures. his silver mustang found abandoned at the scene. chattanooga, now a city in crisis. >> this is a very, very terrible situation and we need to go figure out how we can handle it. >> reporter: hospital emergency rooms locked down. local colleges, too. back at the strip mall terrified workers barricading themselves inside stores and restaurants. but 30 minutes after the first shots were fired, it is all over. >> we are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism. >> reporter: tonight, a community in shock. this young woman carrying roses to honor those killed in this terrible day. david, tonight, the chattanooga mayor says this attract was incomprehensible and a nightmare. a nightmare being felt throughout the country. david? >> jim avila leading us off tonight. jim, thank you. and now to the suspect. we have learned tonight, he was not under active surveillance by the fbi. tonight, what we know about the
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24-year-old tennessee man, reportedly with a good paying job, a recent college grad. and what he said before in his careerbook. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas now. >> reporter: tonight, the fbi is identifying the suspect at muhammad youssuf abdulazeez shown here in a mug shot from a drunk driving arrest earlier this year. he is 24-year-olds on and sources say, born in kuwait. authorities are now investigating if he was inspired by isis or another terrorist organization. sources tell abc news this man was not under active survey lebs surveillance if i the fbi. but abdul sooez joked in his 2008 high school yearbook that my name causes national security alerts. what does yours do? tonight, we learned the 24-year-old was an electrical engineer with a good-paying job. a recent grad of the university of tennessee. his mom posting these graduation photos on facebook. he's also seen here in this mixed martable shl arts video. fbi officials are pouring over
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the car used in the suspect's deadly shooting spree, and tonight, the fbi and local law enforcement are descending on his home in hixon, tennessee. the concern tonight is high with homeland security secretarial jeh johnson announcing that the u.s. government is enhancing the security posture at certain federal facilities out of an abundance of caution. sources tell abc news that the public should expect to see an increased presence of law enforcement at federal facilities across the nation. >> pierre thomas now live from washington. and pierre you were in two separate meetings with the fbi director and this is what he feared? >> reporter: exactly, david. last week he was blunt. warning emphatically that isis poses an active and ongoing threat and he told congress he could not guarantee that every plot would be stopped. what happened today was very much the type of scenario he was worried about. we don't yet know if this was an isis-inspired attack but i can certainly tell you, this was what he was worried about. david? >> pierre thank you.
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the president late today in the oval office talking about his briefing with the fbi, promising a prompt and thorough investigation, saying the white house will be in touch with the pentagon. he asked for prayers for the families of the vick ims. and here's what he had to say. >> i just received a briefing from fbi director comey as well as my white house team about the tragic shooting that took place in chattanooga today. we don't know yet all the dell tail details. we know what appears to be a lone gunman carried out these attacks. we've identified a name. and at this point, a full investigation is taking place. the fbi will be in the lead. working closely with local law enforcement. my main message right now is obviously the deepest sympathies to the american people to the four marines that have been kid killed. it is a heartbreaking
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circumstance for these individuals who have served our country with great valor, to be killed in this fashion. >> the president late today in the oval office asking for those prayers for the families. i want to get to abc's chief investigative correspondent, brian ross. we cannot underscore tonight that there is no connection to isis so far, but the real concern, given the propaganda and the messages as recently as this weekend, brian. >> reporter: exactly right, david. as recently as this weekend and going back a year isis has been urging its followers in the u.s. to attack uniformed police and military in this country. and isis has actually posted the photos and home addresses of more than 100 active duty soldiers, saying, "what are you waiting for? kill them in their own land." this year alone, the fbi says it has made arrests in at least five plots aimed at domestic military facilities. again, it is not known tonight whether today's attack was yet another isis-inspired plot. but if so it would appear to be the first time that isis has
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been able to pull it off, david. >> brian you reported here that the pentagon has warned of possible attacks like these, but there are so many of these recruiting centers across the country. >> reporter: absolutely. there are some 5,000 recruiting centers across the country in shopping malls and commercial locations that really can't be put under 24-hour guard. they are very soft targets. >> brian ross tonight, thank you. in the meantime breaking news from colorado tonight. a guilty verdict a short time ago for james holmes. the suspect with the red hair there in colorado his appearance radically changing over time in the three years since the shooting. that movie theater massacre took 12 lives and injured dozens. tonight, abc's clayton sandell at the courthouse. >> reporter: it took a jury 13 hours to reach a verdict. >> we the jury find the defendant james eagan holmes guilty of murder in the first degree. >> reporter: from the beginning, holmes admitted he did it. >> i got seven down in theater nine! >> reporter: opening fire murdering these 12 people
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injuring 70 more three years ago at a midnight premiere of a batman movie. over 11 weeks, more than two 250 witnesses took the stand. >> her stomach, it wasn't moving she wasn't breathing anymore. >> and -- he wouldn't answer. >> reporter: his attorneys trying to save him from the death penalty, argued he was insane. >> the mental illness is the reason. the sole reason that this crime took place. >> reporter: prosecutors argued holmes' own notebook with sketches of theater exits and noting police response times. even his booby-trapped apartment show detailed premeditation. two court-appointed experts testified he is mentally ill, but knew right from wrong. >> that guy was sane beyond a reasonable doubt and he needs to be held accountable for what he did. >> reporter: and david, now that holmes has been found guilty of murder sentencing will be next. this same jury must now decide if holmes will spend the rest of his life in prison or face the death penalty.
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david? >> clayton, thank you. and from south carolina tonight, another accused mass murderer in court. dylann roof shuffling in leg irons for that killing in charleston. his trial to begin in july next year. we turn now to texas and a mysterious death in the a jail cell under investigation tonight. the arrest of the woman in custody caught on camera. the video now sparking outrage. appearing to show her tackled by police after a routine traffic stop. three days later, finding her dead in her cell. police calling it a suicide. but tonight, her family saying that is just not possible. the d.a. now investigating, and here's abc's ryan smith. >> you just slammed my head to the ground. do you not even care about that? >> reporter: tonight, outrage at this video surfacing days after sandra bland died in police custody at a texas jail. >> i can't even hear. >> reporter: the 28-year-old activist -- >> my goal is to racially unite. >> reporter: died two days after
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this arrest for allegedly assaulting an officer during a routine traffic stop. police saying in a statement she was "argumentative and uncooperative." but police appear to stop a witness from filming. >> i'm on public property. >> reporter: and sandra applauding it. >> thank you for recording. thank you. >> reporter: the medical examiner saying she hanged herself. today, bland's family demanding answers. >> she was very aggravated. she seemed to be in pain. >> reporter: they say sandra would never take her own life. >> based on the sandy that i knew that's unfathomable to me. >> this family needs to understand what happened. >> reporter: the texas rangers are investigating, with the fbi monitoring this case. the family's lawyer telling us they hope to meet with texas authorities soon to get some answers. david? >> all right, ryan smith with us here tonight. ryan thank you. we're going to turn next to new details of that miraculous survival. 16-year-old autumn veatch speaking out, wondering for two
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days and emerging from the woods to call 911. speaking about her step-grandparents, who were on that plane. she tried to pull them out. they did not survive. here's abc's kayna whitworth with the interview. >> i was positive i was going to die and then i was positive i was going to live. >> reporter: with just a bandaged hand scratches and bug bites, tonight, autumn veatch is telling an incredible story of survival. >> completely white and then but as we were starting to go up i could see the trees and we just crashed and i felt everything jolt. >> reporter: autumn's grandparents were flying her from montana to washington state, with just 30 minutes left in their flight the plane hit stormy weather and crashed into a mountain in the torte kasnorth kas yads. she couldn't get to her grandmother through the flames and burnt her hand trying to free her grandfather. are you telling me that you watched her step-grandparents die? >> yeah. yeah. that's something that's really going to haunt me forever. >> reporter: veatch said she had
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fallen asleep and was having a nightmare. but there would be no sleep for two more days. alone, she stumbled down the grizzly mountainside. having watched shows like "survivor man," she knew if she found a stream she could follow it to a trail. then a highway. help at last they sought. >> i was trying to hitchhike, trying to get a ride and flag somebody down but nobody would stop. >> reporter: eventually, someone did. >> we crashed and i was the only one that made it out. >> reporter: tonight, alive, with burns to her back and hands, most of the trauma rests in her heart. >> i definitely have never wanted to live more in my life. having a second chance is the best thing that could have ever happened. >> reporter: kayna whitworth, abc news bellingham washington. next tonight here to word coming in on forrer president george h.w. bush on the mend now after a fall at his home in maine. the 91-year-old suffering from a broken bone in his neck. abc's ron claiborne at the hospital tonight. >> reporter: the former president seen in this photo on his wife's 90th birthday last
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month, suffered the injury in a fall at his home in kennebunkport, maine. >> it is a significant injury but right now the president is in excellent shape and we would anticipate that he would make a full recovery. >> reporter: the diagnosis, a fracture in his c-2 vertebrae. he'll wear a neck brace, but undergo no surgery. son jeb bush campaigning today in california said his father is stable. and granddaughter jenna tweet egg, thanks for all your thoughts and prayers for our dear gramps. we are optimistic he will heal well. the former president, who spoke in april in this tribute video to his wife -- >> happy birthday, bash. >> reporter: still, his doctors said today he is tough. just one year ago, he celebrated his 90th birthday with a bush tradition. parachuting from a helicopter. the former president will remain hospitalized at least overnight. his doctor says it will take three to four months before he
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is fully healed. david? >> we're all pulling for him. ron, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the new health alerter if families going overdoors. important information tonight. what they are now seeing in 17 states at high risk for lyme disease. the warning about possible infection. dr. besser standing by with the 24-hour rule. catch it in time. also, watch this right here. the armed robber wearing the mask here. that's a former marine he pushes out of the way. you'll see what the marine does next. and take a look at this tonight. the line drive foul ball right into the stands. dad is not looking here. look at this. but his son saves the day. you'll hear from that little guy coming up.
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>> reporter: tonight, a warning from the cdc that lyme disease is on the move, spreading fast in 17 states. in the northeast, 182 counties now reporting high rates of lyme disease. up murtha 3ore than 320%. in the midwest, rates up 250%. why the increase? experts think warmer temperatures may help the tick survive in more places and many people live closer to wildlife and come in contact through walking in the woods or simply playing in the backyard. symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue and for many an expanding bullseye rash. most cases will resolve if treated promptly with antibiotics. but if an infection is missed patients can develop about thy tis, meningitis and irregular lake heartbeats. >> let's go to richard besser. parents have 24 hours. >> reporter: that's right. from the time the tick bites until it transmits disease. come back take a shower get a mirror out, look closely. you have that time to prevent this disease. >> all right, dr. besser will have more tips on our website
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millions watched an olympic champion that award for courage. here's elizabeth vargas. >> reporter: caitlyn jenner kissed her mother before walking up to that stage to accept the arthur ashe award for courage. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: jenner aware, not everyone at home is ready to accept. >> if you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead, because the reality is, i can take it. but for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn't have to take it. >> reporter: jenner then turns to her children. every one of them, quietly wiping tears, watching the moment. jenner has said, "i will always be their dad." >> i am so so grateful to have all of you in my life. thank you.
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>> reporter: jenner then with a message about acceptance for all. >> it's not just about me. it's about all of us accepting one another. we're all different. that's not a bad thing. >> reporter: jenner then saying she is clear now with her responsibility, which is to reshape the landscape of how transpeople are treated. it was a moving moment. a noble goal but my both accounts a big one. >> powerful with the whole family sitting there watching. elizabeth, thank you. that is "world news tonight" for this thursday. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. until then have a good evening. good night.
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